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August 19, 2013

A History of Champions

2007
ECW TITLE
Johnny Nitro vs. CM Punk
A pre-Morrison Johnny Nitro bested longtime rival CM Punk for the ECW Title in this under-card classic.

WOMEN’S TITLE
Candice Michelle vs. Melina
A spinning heel kick netted Michelle her first-ever Women’s Title in this victory over Melina.

2008
ECW TITLE
Mark Henry vs. Kane and Big Show
The World’s Strongest Man prevailed in this battle of the superheavyweights to win the ECW Championship.

I-C TITLE
Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho A distraction by HBK diverted Jericho’s attention long enough for Kofi to hit Trouble in Paradise and land I-C gold.

TAG TEAM TITLES
Cody Rhodes & TedDiBiase vs. Hardcore Holly Hardcore
Holly was easily overmatched in this Tag Title bout by these two young, second-gen Superstars when Rhodes turned on his own partner.

2009 
ECW TITLE
Christian vs. Tommy Dreamer
Captain Charisma toppled the ECW Original, Dreamer, in this battle of the veterans for Extreme bragging rights and the ECW Title.

DIVAS TITLE
Mickie James vs. Maryse
Maryse and a can of hairspray were no match for Mickie James, who made quick work of the French-Canadian Diva.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk
The Charismatic Enigma scored the first win, and the  World Heavyweight Title, in the pair’s back-to-back pay-per-view matches that summer.

2010
TAG TEAM TITLES
Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes vs. The Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne
This wild tag team title match, featuring five squads, ended with the young duo of Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes scoring the final pinfall.

WOMEN’S & DIVAS TITLES
Michelle McCool vs. Melina This match was for the unified Women’s and Divas Titles. Melina couldn’t handle Lay-Cool’s mean-girl tactics and suffered defeat.

WWE TITLE
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Edge, John Cena & Chris Jericho
The biggest names in WWE vied for the WWE Title in this Six-Pack Challenge, which saw The Viper prevail.

U.S. TITLE
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
The student became the master when NXT Rookie Daniel Bryan easily defeated his Pro, The Miz, for the U.S. Title.

2011
WWE TITLE
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
After roaring into the arena in Del Rio’s Ferrari, Cena made quick work of The Essence of Excellence to win the WWE Title.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton
In a match that surprised many, The World’s Strongest Man dominated The Viper to win his first World Heavyweight Championship.

2012
Team Hell No vs. R-Truth & Kofi Kingston
The mismatched pair of Kane and Daniel Bryan found unlikely success in wresting the tag titles away from the friendly pair of Kingston and Truth.

Eve Torres vs. Layla
The evil Eve Torres used her many feminine wiles, some chicanery, and a picture-perfect moonsault to win the Divas Championship from a recently returned Layla.

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